Shinrin-yoku & Gentle Stretching session in Nature 

Class capacity 4-8 participants

"Shinrin" means Forest, "Yoku" means Bathing. Shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day. You bathe in the environment of the forest, using all your senses to experience nature upclose. It is a simple natural therapy which has been done for many years.

With Shinrin-Yoku, trees provides fresh oxygen so you can take a deeper breath and the green colours of the leaves sooth your eyes, sounds of birds and water from creek calm the noise in your head and you feel the breeze on your skin.

Enjoy this Shinrin-yoku walk and stretching session to gently release stiffness on your shoulders, arms, back and knees, chronic dullness. Feel taller and expansion of your body and mind, to help improve the quality of your sleep!

Stretching is important to keep your joints and muscles flexible. When your body releases tension, it will also release the tension in your mind too.

* Provide gentle stretching sessions (not Yoga) before and end of the Shinrin-yoku walk.

* The walking track is mostly flat but with a few stairs down to cross the creek at the beginning.

* Meeting point details will be sent after booking. Free parking available.

Schedule:

* Introduction (10min) → Gentle stretching session (15min) → Slow forest walk(1 hour) 

  • → Gentle Stretching session (15min) → Finish the experience with Japanese green tea and snacks (20min).

**Don’t forget your COVID safety precautions while walking: wear a mask indoors, and observe social distancing during the walk. It’s a good idea to bring your own hand sanitiser too. 

Materials List

*Sturdy shoes for walking *Water bottle *Hat *Sunscreen *Yoga mat *NOTE: all adult classes are for ages 18+ only, unless otherwise specified

Tutor: Mayu Kataoka

Mayu Kataoka is a Sydney based Tree photographer & Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Certified by Japan Forest Therapy Society - Japan). Originally born in Japan, Mayu moved to Sydney in 2003 after falling in love with Australia when working as a volunteer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games. Over the past 10 years the path of Mayu's "trees & nature" photography has led her to a new career as a "Forest Therapy Guide" where she offers therapeutic & mindfulness nature walks to a range of people and organisations. "I really believe that nature already knew the reason as to why I have been so involved with tree photography. During this period, nature has been talking to me through a multitude of experiences, sights, sounds, touch and the scent of the forest. She has taught me so much and I believe she chose me for this new career, for which I am so grateful.”

https://www.forestminds.com